All Validated Exams Are Not Created Equally

May 13, 2016

If you are looking for a vendor to provide you with a validated EMS exam, you have a few options.

Register for the next Prehospital Care Research Forum on Monday, April 11 @ 12pm CST

April 1, 2016

PCRF logoDiscuss the need for real time access to protected medical information with the PCRF Journal Club.

Join the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) as we discuss "Are prehospital treatment or conveyance decisions affected by an ambulance crew’s ability to access a patient’s health information?" from BioMed Central Emergency Medicine, Zorab, O., Robinson, M., & Endacott, R. (2015).

Our new AEMT Readiness Exam 1 (ARE1) is here!

April 1, 2016

After a successful and rigorous content validation phase, we at Fisdap are excited to announce the release of the new AEMT Readiness Exam 1 (ARE1).

The exam contains 200 multiple-choice questions that have been reviewed by at least 3 subject matter experts and a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. It covers the depth and breadth of the AEMT curriculum and was piloted by over 1,400 students over a 2 year period.

2015 AHA Guidelines Updates Implemented in EMS ReferenceBy Jennifer Berry

December 2, 2015

The American Heart Association released its 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR & ECC in October. The update is largely based on the topics addressed by the 2015 ILCOR evidence review, which means many clinical topics remain unchanged from 2010 and some changes are merely clarifications of existing guidelines.

The EMS Reference strives to be clinically relevant at all times; therefore, we have updated the Cardiac Arrest Management for ALS Providers and Cardiac Arrest Management Top 10 articles to reflect current AHA Guidelines. EMS students are encouraged to look to the National Registry of EMTs website to determine which guidelines will be used during the cognitive and psychomotor exam.

Office Closed for Thanksgiving (11/26 - 11/27)By Nora Vanni

November 26, 2015

Fisdap turkey robotThe Fisdap office is closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. We'll be back in the office on Monday!

We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Apply to Attend the 2016 Fisdap Research SummitBy Nora Vanni

October 5, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Research Summit! Attending the Research Summit gives you an excellent opportunity to work with research experts, statisticians, and programmers on a research project that can drive evidence-based changes in EMS education. Many of the research projects that begin at the Research Summit go on to win awards and be published in national research journals.

Fisdap Joins Forces with Jones & Bartlett Learning

September 14, 2015

Fisdap has joined forces with Jones & Bartlett Learning (JB Learning), a leading provider of educational resources and learning technology for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The alignment of JB Learning and Fisdap brings together two organizations working to achieve excellence in EMS education and the highest quality patient care.

Fisdap’s objective is to improve the training experience by providing tools to help with record keeping, accreditation, certification testing, managing internship schedules, and tracking student activities. They offer a range of products, from Scheduler and Skills Tracker to valid and reliable Entrance, Unit, and Comprehensive Exams, all designed to improve EMS training programs and students’ training experiences.

Get your FREE exhibit hall pass and visit us at EMS World Expo!By Nora Vanni

September 8, 2015

EMS World Expo exhibit hall 2015Redeem this free exhibit hall pass and visit us next week at EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth 1029 to ask questions, give our team feedback, or just say hello! We hope we'll see you.

Redeem your pass online in three easy steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click REGISTER in upper right-hand corner of homepage.
  3. Use the code FISDAPVIP to get free admission to the exhibit hall.

Your VIP Pass also gives you FREE access to:

  • Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Presentation – “Mission Critical: Securing the Future of EMS”, Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • Exhibit Hall –See the latest products and technologies from over 300 exhibitors covering 70,000 sq. feet of exhibit space
  • Learning Center – Choose from 10+ educational classes to earn free CE credits
  • Sim Lab – Get hands-on and put your clinical skills to the test using the most advanced products and simulators in the market
  • And More!

What is an Exam Blueprint?By Rachel Walwood

September 1, 2015

Testing is a complex subject area. We’ve spent some time this year explaining the basics of Cut Scores and Exam Validity to help EMS educators ensure the tests they’re administering provide good evidence of the student’s knowledge. But how do we know whether our tests measure the domains of knowledge we want to evaluate? The answer is in an evidence-based testing blueprint.

Start at the Beginning

Testing should never be an afterthought in education. Although a summative or final exam is administered toward the end of a course, it should be used to align the curriculum before the course begins. Developing a blueprint based on educational priorities allows you to prioritize what is taught. It also ensures you have spent enough time covering the tested material in class or lab, or through homework. Before beginning the blueprint, you need to know what type of exam you’re creating. A formative exam (a quiz or unit test administered during the course) should have a minimum of 60 items. A summative exam, which is also called a final exam, has ideally between 150 and 200 items.

From North Dakota to Ghana: Collaboration in EMS EducationBy Nora Vanni

August 28, 2015

Ron Lawler with his students in Accra, GhanaIn recent years, the North Dakota Army National Guard has partnered with the Ghanaian government to help develop military, security, and infrastructure. As part of a focus on improving disaster relief and healthcare, one element has been to further develop Ghana’s EMS apparatus. This spring, a group of EMS educators and administrators traveled across the world from North Dakota to lead two weeks of training in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Among them was paramedic educator and friend of Fisdap Ron Lawler, who sat down with me to discuss his part in the most recent trip to Ghana.

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